The Fifth World
The standard Calender of the Fifth World is organized into 13 months, each with consisting of 4 weeks of 7 days each, for a total of 364 days each year. The current calender is an amalgamation of 3 different systems of timekeeping, derived from the dominate cultures of The North, The South, and Elfland, and is regulated by the keepers of the Grand Orrery in Alabaster City. The current in-game year is 1284.
Days of the Week
The days of the week are the same as in the real world.
Sunday = “Sun’s Day”
Monday = “Moon’s Day”
Tuesday = “Tyr’s Day”
Wednesday = “Woden’s Day” or “Odin’s Day”
Thursday = “Thor’s Day”
Friday = “Frigg’s Day”
Saturday = “Saturn’s Day”
The etymology of each day’s name is primarily derived from Northern culture, as evidenced by over half of the days being named after powerful Northern Gods. The Dwarven Historical Society believes that the origins of the name “Saturn’s Day” can be traced to a group of religious pilgrims from the East (possibly survivors of the great cataclysm which resulted in the destruction of their civilization), who settled in what is now the North; it is hypothesized that they interbreed with the native Northerners, who eventually appropriated aspects of Eastern culture into their own, including the name Saturn (evidently a subject of worship for the pilgrims and through to be related to Cronus, a Titan and patron of the harvest in Greek Mythology whom the 6th planet in the solar system is named after).
Months of the Year
Each month begins on a Sunday and consists of exactly 28 days. There are two commonly accepted naming conventions for the months (one used in The South, the other used in the rest of the world):
The current year is measured on the Elven calender, being the longest continuous record of history available. The Elven calender is mostly the same as that of the North, as the Elven species originated in the North before migrating to the Western Continent and terraforming the northern third of it into Elfland.
The current year is 1284 of the Fourth Era, which began with the downfall of the Summer King and the founding of the Blackwood Dynasty, the current ruling family of Elfland.
The First Era spans from approximately 13 thousand years ago (the beginning of recorded history for the Snow Elves) to the destruction of Firestorm Peak, the center of their civilization. The Second Era is dated from the founding of Elfland (approximately 9 thousand years ago) to the beginning of the Troll Wars. The Third Era began approximately 3,500 years ago with the succession of the Troll Wars and the movement of the Elven capitol from the abandoned Xedillian complex to the newly-founded Tir Tairngire, and ended when a powerful Fey Lord calling itself “The Summer King” usurped control of Elven civilization.
The exact length of the interstitial periods between the Eras (i.e. the time between the destruction of Firestorm Peak and the founding of Elfland, as well as the periods of time encompassing the Troll Wars and the Reign of the Summer King) are generally unknown to public and can only be approximated by comparing existing historical evidence to Dwarven astrological records. The only complete and accurate record of history shown in-game so far is A Complete and Unabridged History of the Elven Peoples by the Royal Elfland Historical Society, a 23-volume (and counting) series of books in located in the Royal Library of Elfland which is accessible by request only to a select few scholars and members of Elven nobility.